Culture

Sheikh Zayed Book Award chooses Saudi King as Cultural Personality of year 2014

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Award honours King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud for his pioneering role in promoting peaceful co-existence, religious tolerance and cross-cultural dialogue. ABU DHABI – The Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced today that His Majesty, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Ruler of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is named the Cultural ... Read More »

Entwining Tales of Time, Memory and Love

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The Magus of magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez — who died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87 — used his fecund imagination and exuberant sleight of hand to conjure the miraculous in his fiction: plagues of insomnia and forgetfulness, a cluster of magical grapes containing the secret of death, an all-night rain of yellow ... Read More »

‘Palikari,’ a Greek migrant’s story destined to echo in eternity

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The documentary was filmed in a number of locations, including Oakland, California, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Chicago, Illinois. The filmmakers also visited a number of sites in Colorado, where the Ludlow Massacre took place. These included Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs It could have been a scene from Orthodox Easter anywhere in Greece: Relatives, friends and co-workers gathering ... Read More »

Photos That Cross Borders and Challenge Perceptions

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Beyond prizes, page views or any other measure of prestige, Janet Jarman has a newfound appreciation for the impact of photojournalism. A project that began 18 years ago in a Mexican dump has taken her on a journey across borders with a family whose lives illustrate the complexities of immigration. But rather than be content that it will reach some ... Read More »

UN representative says UK has ‘sexist culture’

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The UK has a “boys’ club sexist culture”, the UN’s spokeswoman on violence against women has said. Rashida Manjoo is on a visit to the UK, studying its approach to the issue. She described the over-sexualisation of females as “pervasive” and raised fears that sexual bullying and harassment in schools was routine. The Home Office said the government was committed ... Read More »

Jesus Lived in a Police State

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“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Those living through this present ... Read More »

Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey (1 of 4)

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Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey: Joanna starts her epic adventure at the Parthenon in Athens, which was made by the ancient Greeks two and a half thousand years ago. She then travels around the southern region of Greece from Athens to the Peloponnese, looking at different mythical and historic sites created by this great civilization. Read More »

Indian voters kick off world’s biggest election

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The nine-phase parliamentary election ends on May 12 and the results should be announced four days later Indians began voting in the world’s biggest election on Monday which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India’s 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a ... Read More »